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Hassan: Now that online teaching has become the new normal, the big question in rural Hassan County is: How many students have internet access?

As part of the government’s Vidyagama program, which aims to encourage schoolchildren to study continuously, the Hassan District Public Education Department (DDPI) found that 75% of children had no internet connection.

For the survey, the department created three categories of students from both private and state schools. The first group are students who have no internet access or mobile phones. The second are those who only have cell phones but no internet access, and the third is the students who have smartphones with network access.

DDPI Prakash said there are 1,60,540 students through grade 10 in the Hassan district. Of these, 80,072 students belong to the first category, 39,447 to the second (both groups have no network access).

Out of eight Taluks, Channarayapatna gives the highest percentage of students (88%) who do not have internet access (12,163 students out of a total of 13,796). It is followed by Arkalgud with 86.6% (12,018 versus 13,867) and Belur with 84.1% (10,732 versus 12,749), Prakash said.

Although Hassan Taluk has more students, Arasikere has more students with Internet facilities. In Arasikere, 38.6% of students (12,820 versus 33,185) have internet access. This is followed by Holenarsipur with 27% (6,195 against 22,885) and Hassan taluk with 26.3% (12,737 against 48,499).

“To overcome the shortcomings of the first category, a subject teacher is asked to meet the students in their homes once or twice a week and give them assignments for the week ahead. For the second group, assignments will be assigned by voice or text message at 9am and reviewed at 6pm, ”added Prakash.

Houses are scattered around the Sakleshpur land, most of which are half a kilometer apart. To reach the nearby state high school, students must travel 6 km in the village of Raxidi. Four centers have been set up in the village where around 30 students can gather and follow the Covid-19 protocol. “One or two government teachers give 2-3 hours of lessons here,” said Prasad Raxidi, an acting teacher in Rangamandira in the village.

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